It was my impression a DA might talk with a victim's family but the choice to pursue the DP was the DA's, not the family's. The punishment applied in a criminal case, whatever it is, is applied on behalf of the state or society, not on behalf of the family.I admit to never having heard of a family filing a motion for the death penalty. I have been under the impression that decision was for the prosecutor to make- I honestly don't understand the family doing that. It seems like over-reach to me: Don't they trust the prosecutor?
For a variety of reasons (reasons that I know can't be debated here) there is more sentiment against the DP than there used to be. I wonder if the families who want death in this case are worried about that. After all, DA's are elected.